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Games To Play If You Like Warframe

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Games To Play If You Like Warframe

Highlights

  • Warframe’s success has raised the bar for free-to-play titles with its wealth of content and multiplayer action, but players can still find enjoyment in other games that excel in certain aspects.
  • Games like Monster Hunter Rise, Risk of Rain 2, and Remnant 2 offer unique gameplay experiences and elements that Warframe fans will enjoy, such as deep combat mechanics, challenging stages, and roguelike elements.
  • Other games like Killing Floor 2, Borderlands 2, and Lost Planet 2 provide cooperative first-person shooting experiences, while Payday 2, Saints Row 4, and Fortnite offer different gameplay styles with a focus on teamwork, humor, and action.

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If players love Warframe, there’s no shortage of excellent titles they should try out. It’s not as if they’ll run out of things to do in Warframe itself anytime soon, as players can spend hundreds of hours grinding for the perfect character, and the devs at Digital Extremes have been thoroughly committed to adding content and substantial updates. But it’s always nice to have options, even if this title has so many things to do that spending hundreds of hours on this title isn’t unthinkable in the slightest.

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Warframe really raised the bar for free-to-play titles with the wealth of content put at the player’s disposal, and the thrilling, action-packed multiplayer action certainly doesn’t hurt matters. Thankfully, there are many games that execute at least one ingredient of Warframe‘s recipe for runaway success incredibly well, so players are bound to find something they’ll enjoy. This is very much welcome for fans who love the looter shooter template of Warframe which is further enhanced by its multiplayer elements.

Updated on March 2, 2024, by Ritwik Mitra: Given how much of a splash most successful live service games make in the market, it’s hard to believe just how popular Warframe has become without making too much of a fuss in mainstream gaming news. The third-person shooting combat is combined with some fun movement mechanics to make the procedural design of this game stand out even more. This, combined with an open-world structure, makes Warframe a blast that any fan of good live-service games will have a great time with.

26 Helldivers 2

A Breakout Live-Service Game With Cinematic Third-Person Shooting Gameplay

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Helldivers 2

Released
February 8, 2024

Developer(s)
Arrowhead Game Studios AB

Genre(s)
Shooter

The immense success of Helldivers 2 has proven to be a gem to witness for Sony, who’ve finally cracked the live service formula and released an absolute gem that has taken the world by storm. The cinematic gunplay of this game coupled with a complex mission structure makes this game an absolute blast to get through in every way.

With the server issues slowly being rectified, more and more people can get into Helldivers 2 and see why this game is the perfect title for fans of action-packed third-person shooters. The tactical element of this title is surprisingly in-depth and adds another layer of gameplay to keep players invested in Helldivers 2 for the long haul.

25 Remnant: From The Ashes

A Hardcore Soulslike Shooter With Co-op Elements

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Remnant: From the Ashes

Released
August 20, 2019

Genre(s)
Action RPG

Remnant: From the Ashes is a game that came out of nowhere and blew most people’s minds with how engaging this title really was. The combination of third-person shooter gameplay with Soulslike elements made for a great time, and it’s easy to see why so many people loved what this game had to offer.

Featuring a wealth of challenging boss fights and some amazing co-op gameplay to boot, it’s easy to see why Remnant: From the Ashes was such a breakout hit. To make things even better, the sequel upped the ante to make it even more engaging to play through this amazing title.

24 Deep Rock Galactic

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Deep Rock Galactic

Released
May 13, 2020

Developer(s)
Ghost Ship Games

Left 4 Dead opened the floodgates for tense first-person gameplay with a group to become something that most people desired. Suffice it to say, a lot of games have tried to emulate this four-person shooting gameplay with interesting twists of their own. One such title that has been an immense success is Deep Rock Galactic.

The premise of this title is pretty amazing as is. The idea of space dwarves going to hostile alien worlds in search of valuable materials while thwarting the many alien lifeforms that stand in their way makes for a great time that fans simply can’t get enough of. Any fan of intense, rewarding cooperative shooting action will love what Deep Rock Galactic brings to the table.

23 Returnal

Action-Packed Roguelike With Intense Third-Person Shooting Action

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Returnal

Released
April 30, 2021

Genre(s)
Third-Person Shooter

Indie gaming has led to the rise of several genres that are pretty engaging in their own right, with the roguelike genre being a great addition to gaming as a whole that fans can’t get enough of. This type of gaming covers the lack of manpower indie studios have while letting players enjoy a slow, gradual sense of progression as they slowly but surely get better in a game before eventually attaining victory after numerous losses.

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The fact that bigger studios are trying to make their own games in this genre is a testament to how massive indie gaming has become, with Returnal being one of the very best games players can check out if they want to enjoy a AAA roguelike title. Selene’s attempts to try and escape the twisted loop she’s caught in make for a riveting time, especially with players slowly uncovering her own story as they make progress in this twisted adventure.

22 Absolver

A Live-Service Game With A Focus On Tight Combat Mechanics

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  • Released
    : Augst 29, 2017
  • Developer
    : Sloclap
  • Platforms
    : PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Absolver is a pretty unique live-service game that focuses on tight skill-based melee combat. A single mistake can be deadly for the player, who needs to master their moveset and become as powerful as they can to make the most of this combat style.

While the pace of updates for this game has been slow, the foundation of Absolver is pretty solid and shows why so many people still have faith in this title. If the developers invest a bit more in the development of this game, then Absolver can become something truly special.

21 Monster Hunter Rise

Players Take Down Monsters And Are Encouraged To Team Up With Other Hunters

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The Monster Hunter series has been on the rise with the release of World on modern consoles, which really opened the floodgates for new fans to enjoy this experience. The next game in the series was Monster Hunter Rise, a title was was exclusive on the Switch at launch before being ported to major consoles soon after.

The gameplay of the title is as familiar and deep as ever, with the addition of the Wirebug allowing for more vertical movement. The maps are tailored around this mechanic, and the added depth of traversal coupled with its excellent combat mechanics have led to Monster Hunter Rise being another excellent addition in a series of games that are beloved by the masses.

20 Risk Of Rain 2

A Roguelike Co-op Shooter With A Focus On Teamwork And Loot

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Risk of Rain 2

Released
September 11, 2020

Developer(s)
Hopoo Games

Genre(s)
Third-Person Shooter , Roguelike

Risk of Rain 2 is a sequel that expands on the first game in a monumental manner, making it a great roguelike title to step into if players are seeking out a game in this genre with co-op elements. The sheer amount of love and adoration for this game can be seen in its bustling community, with many people going the extra mile and developing a bunch of mods for this title, including a brilliant out that adds an impressive level of VR support for this title.

Fans will love going through the game’s progressively harder stages, attaining a ton of loot and power-ups along the way. Death awaits the player at every corner in the later stages, making it important to have the best loadout around so that players aren’t caught off-guard by a particularly tough enemy that will absolutely decimate an unprepared party in no time flat.

19 Remnant 2

An Excellent Sequel To A Co-op Third-Person Shooter Soulslike

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Remnant 2

Released
July 25, 2023

Genre(s)
Soulslike , Third-Person Shooter

After Remnant: From the Ashes ended up being a massive hit across the board for its seamless combination of Soulslike gameplay, roguelike progression, third-person shooting, and co-op elements, Gunfire Games decided to go all out in the development of its sequel. The end result is a title that is bigger and better in every way.

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The roguelike elements of the past game have been cranked up to the max in this title, making each and every playthrough feel unique in its own way. Couple this with riveting gameplay and amazing bosses, and it’s easy to see why Remnant 2 has been warmly received by critics and fans alike for the many improvements it makes to the established Remnant formula.

18 Killing Floor 2

A Fun Co-op First-Person Shooter With Many Unique Enemies And Bosses

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Killing Floor 2

Released
November 18, 2016

Genre(s)
FPS , Survival Horror

Those who are looking for something fun and cooperative in the vein of first-person shooting should check out Killing Floor 2. This title has tons of content, great mod support, and a fairly active community that spends its time battling against hordes of enemies and strong, unique bosses. There are tons of weapons to collect and unlock, unique skills on multiple characters, and a variety of playstyles that showcase something for everyone.

Killing Floor 2 is a blast to play with friends, or online in a random group. It’s challenging, robust, and can be a great escape for those who are looking for something progressive and wave-based.

17 Borderlands 2

A Quirky Co-op Shooter With A Timeless Art Style and Hilarious Writing

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Borderlands 2

Released
September 18, 2012

Genre(s)
Shooter

Although the original Borderlands was a blast and Borderlands 3 offers a lot of fun, there is something truly special about Borderlands 2. The title perfected the Borderlands formula and introduced a small array of new mechanics. It had a better hub world, a wide map, and multiple locations for players to explore and fight through. There are plenty of bosses to battle, tons of different loot types to collect, and an amped-up version of Borderlands‘ unique and chaotic brand of humor.

Although there is much fun to be had with the other titles, as well as the newest “Borderlands game” in Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, Borderlands 2 is a must-play for fans of looter shooters and can be an incredible adventure alone or with friends cooperatively.

16 Lost Planet 2

A Futuristic Shooter Where Players Can Team Up With Other Players Online

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Lost Planet 2

Released
May 11, 2010

Genre(s)
Third-Person Shooter

Those who love Warframe for its unique robotic and mech-like elements, infused with moments of third-person action should check out Lost Planet 2. The Capcom-published release is a solid adventure that can be enjoyed alone or with friends (or strangers randomly) online.

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It’s got great combat mechanics, a wild story, and features some unique monsters and bosses that feel akin to the things seen in some areas of Warframe. It has a similar feel to it, and regardless of being an older title, still holds up relatively well today.

15 Payday 2

A Multiplayer Heist Game Where Players Band With Others To Successfully Achieve Their Objectives

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Similar to Warframe, Payday 2 also focuses on working as a unit and delivers its entertainment value through elements found in the environment. Payday 2’s charm lies in the teamwork involved, although players can work alone as well.

By completing heists, more options become available, leading to greater playing value. The number of ways the heists can be completed is one of the biggest selling points for the game. Not to mention the thematic qualities that are aligned with Warframe despite the vastly different backdrops for the games.

14 Saints Row 4

Players Fight Against Aliens With A Variety Of Guns And Other Weapons

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Despite the fanbase it’s collected, there’s no doubt the backstory of Warframe being about a race of warriors from the past fighting in the future is bizarre. Due to this, fans will like Saints Row 4 for its similarly ridiculous concept of fighting an alien with superpowers while controlling the president as the playable character.

It doesn’t have the same shooting mechanics as Warframe, but Saints Row 4 can be considered as a palette cleanser of sorts for delivering the massive environment fans went along with its own take in gameplay.

13 Fortnite

A Phenomenon That Started Out As A Battle Royale Game, Now Featuring Many Other Multiplayer Game Modes

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Most won’t need an introduction to this game, seeing as it has hundreds of millions of players. Fortnite can be considered as Warframe’s scale taken to over-the-top levels, as the gameplay is essentially a grand battle royale.

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It has had distinct versions released, ranging from fighting zombies to creating new worlds and engaging in last-man-standing contests. With so many players participating at the same time, there’s a lot of action to be found here.

12 Anthem

A Multiplayer-Focused Game That Was Maligned At Launch But Is Pretty Fun Right Now, Despite A Small Playerbase

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Anthem

Released
February 22, 2019

Essentially the same as Warframe, Anthem revolves around characters known as Freelancers who wear exosuits to fight against numerous foes who threaten humanity. Anthem has the basic premise of a game of its genre, complete with online multiplayer.

There are other gameplay techniques like RPG elements and romantic subplots, although the main focus remains on exploring the world and heading into battles with other players.

11 Let It Die

A Free-To-Play Hack-And-Slash Game With Both PvE and PvP

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A free-to-play game like Warframe, Let It Die doesn’t have as much versatility as Digital Extremes’ title. However, for those who are fans of games with plenty of levels and a difficult gameplay experience, this one is the best option.

Let It Die has role-playing elements to go with the hardcore action involved. Let It Die’s combat is closer to something like Dark Souls than Warframe, but its seemingly endless foes set Grasshopper Manufacture’s game apart.

10 Warface

A Fun MMOFPS, With Micropayments Being The Only Annoyance In An Otherwise Solid Game

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Warface

Released
October 21, 2013

Developer(s)
Crytek Kiev

It can be argued that Warface and Warframe are dissimilar, and it’s only the name that bears a resemblance. However, it’s hard to ignore that they both came out in the same year and have comparable gameplay.

Microtransactions can get in the way of competitive PVP, especially for Warface. While Warframe integrates a smart micropayment business model that supplements its loot rewards system, Warface is not subtle about pay-to-win. Nevertheless, many enjoy Warface for being a great MMOFPS (massively multiplayer online first-person shooter).

9 Titanfall 2

A Vastly Underrated FPS With Excellent Multiplayer And A Great Single-Player Campaign

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Titanfall 2

Released
October 28, 2016

The sequel to Titanfall was an instant classic. The decision to add a single-player campaign and polish the multiplayer was gaming ingenuity. In Titanfall2, players are known as “pilots,” who command “Titans.” Titans are mecha-style robots capable of utter destruction. A blend of player versus player and titan versus titan combat creates a mind-blowing experience.

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Warframe enthusiasts will find delight in playing Titanfall 2. Both games contain a futuristic setting, with Titanfall 2 on a distant planet and Warframe in outer space.

8 Mass Effect Trilogy

An Excellent Sci-Fi RPG Trilogy Where Players Fight A Wealth Of Aliens

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Mass Effect: Legendary Edition

Mass Effect and Warframe are different, but they both fall under the action-adventure roleplaying genre. These are two games that take place in outer space and use a spaceship as their central hub. Mass Effect uses the iconic Normandy SR-2 for Commander Shepard’s base, while Warframe uses the Orbiter.

Warframe allows for more spaceship customization than Mass Effect, despite being a free-to-play game. Indeed, Warframe may have more spaceship customization than any other game.

7 Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic

An Excellent RPG Set In The Star Wars Universe

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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

When players think of the greatest role-playing games of all time, only a handful of titles come to mind. Warframe might not be in the same league as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, yet both are exceptional in their own right.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic uses a spaceship for its central hub like Warframe. Both games have crafting menus for players to upgrade their gear. What Waframe lacks in mission quality it makes up for in variety and online co-op functionality.

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